Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change

Shoo, Luke P., Olson, Deanna H., Sarah K. McMenamin, Murray, Kris A., Van Sluys, Monique, Donnelly, Maureen A., Stratford, Danial, Terhivuo, Juhani, Andres Merino-Viteri, Herbert, Sarah M., Bishop, Phillip J., Corn, Paul S., Dovey, Liz, Griffiths, Richard A., Lowe, Katrin, Mahony, Michael, McCallum, Hamish, Shuker, Jonathan D., Simpkins, Clay, Skerratt, Lee F., Williams, Stephen E. and Hero, Jean-Marc (2011) Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48 2: 487-492. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01942.x


Author Shoo, Luke P.
Olson, Deanna H.
Sarah K. McMenamin
Murray, Kris A.
Van Sluys, Monique
Donnelly, Maureen A.
Stratford, Danial
Terhivuo, Juhani
Andres Merino-Viteri
Herbert, Sarah M.
Bishop, Phillip J.
Corn, Paul S.
Dovey, Liz
Griffiths, Richard A.
Lowe, Katrin
Mahony, Michael
McCallum, Hamish
Shuker, Jonathan D.
Simpkins, Clay
Skerratt, Lee F.
Williams, Stephen E.
Hero, Jean-Marc
Title Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change
Journal name Journal of Applied Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8901
1365-2664
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01942.x
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 487
End page 492
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
1. Altered global climates in the 21st century pose serious threats for biological systems and practical actions are needed to mount a response for species at risk.

2.  We identify management actions from across the world and from diverse disciplines that are applicable to minimizing loss of amphibian biodiversity under climate change. Actions were grouped under three thematic areas of intervention: (i) installation of microclimate and microhabitat refuges; (ii) enhancement and restoration of breeding sites; and (iii) manipulation of hydroperiod or water levels at breeding sites.

3. Synthesis and applications. There are currently few meaningful management actions that will tangibly impact the pervasive threat of climate change on amphibians. A host of potentially useful but poorly tested actions could be incorporated into local or regional management plans, programmes and activities for amphibians. Examples include: installation of irrigation sprayers to manipulate water potentials at breeding sites; retention or supplementation of natural and artificial shelters (e.g. logs, cover boards) to reduce desiccation and thermal stress; manipulation of canopy cover over ponds to reduce water temperature; and, creation of hydrologoically diverse wetland habitats capable of supporting larval development under variable rainfall regimes. We encourage researchers and managers to design, test and scale up new initiatives to respond to this emerging crisis.
Keyword Adaptation management
Desiccation
Hydroperiod
Microclimate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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